Nordic Genre Boost at the Norwegan Int’l Film Festival

The Norwegian International Film Festival’s Nordic Nordic Films Market will feature a special focus on Nordic genre, following the launch of the Nordic Genre Boost in December. The seven projects screening at at the market will also receive a development grant of NOK 200,000 from the Nordisk Film and TV Fund.

The selected projects in alphabetical order:


Country: Finland
Genre: Horror Comedy

A new breed of mosquitoes is spreading across Finnish Lapland. First feature film by Elin Grönblom, produced by Leila Lyytikäinen of Fisher King Production.

Country: Finland
Genre: Horror/Slasher/Survival

A group of teenagers decide to reconstruct an unsolved murder and every camper´s worst nightmare comes true. Third feature film by Taneli Mustonen, produced by Aleksi Hyvärinen of Don Films.

Country: Denmark/Sweden
Genre: Horror/Supernatural

Troll mythology meets a dark romantic, horror story – based on a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In). First feature film by Ali Abbasi, produced by Nina Bisgaard of Meta Film.

Bright Skies
Country: Norway
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction

UFO-events of an international scale inspire secrecy in a tiny Norwegian valley. Second feature film by André Øvredal (Troll Hunter), produced by John Einar Hagen of Eldorado Films.

The Highlands
Country: Iceland
Genre: Psychological Horror/Thriller

Modern saga set in the volcanic hinterlands, based on a novel by Steinar Bragi. By Ragnar Bragason (Metalhead) produced by Skúli Malmquist and Thor Sigurjonsson of Zik Zak Filmworks.

Teenage Jesus
Country: Denmark
Genre: Science Fiction

Scifi pop noir about girls with endangering talents, who are locked away in an institution. First feature film by Marie Grathø Sørensen, produced by Amalie Lyngbo Hjort and Peter Hyldahl of Beofilm.

Thale – Conflux
Country: Norway
Genre: Fantasy

Spellbinders and lurking creatures from Norwegian folklore come alive. Third feature film by Aleksander Nordaas, produced by Bendik Heggen Strønstrand of Yesbox Productions.

For more information, head to the Norwegian Intl Film Festival website

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.